The 55th Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards

As we announce Forbes Travel Guide’s new Star Award winners, we’re also celebrating our 55th year of rating and recommending the world’s best travel experiences. Since our founding in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide, our inspectors have stayed in thousands of hotels, dined at countless restaurants and experienced hundreds of spa treatments to find the best properties.

This year, we gave out more awards than ever before, with 27 new Five-Stars, 75 new Four-Stars and 30 new Recommended properties earning the coveted distinctions in travel. Those that surpassed our more than 500 standards clinched Five-Star awards, the industry’s highest service accolade. Four-Star winners offered excellent experiences, and Recommended properties were well-appointed spots.

Our inspectors visited properties in North America, China and Singapore, with Europe’s first rated destination, London, coming in April. Scroll below to see the new inductees to our Star Rating universe.

Introducing The Newest Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners

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Acqualina Resort & Spa
ARIA Sky Suites
Capella Singapore
China World Summit Wing, Beijing
Crown Towers
Encore Macau
Hotel Bel-Air
InterContinental Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental, Macau
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Montage Laguna Beach
Ocean House
The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago


Santa Monica, CA
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Restaurant Guy Savoy
Acqualina Spa by ESPA
Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie
The Spa at Encore Macau
The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA
Banyan Tree Macau
Bardessono Hotel and Spa
Capital Hotel
Casa del Mar

Casa del Mar

Santa Monica, CA
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Casino Del Sol
Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Galaxy Hotel
Grand Hyatt Macau
Hotel Madeline Telluride
Hotel Murano
Hotel Okura Macau
Hutton Hotel
Keswick Hall at Monticello
La Mer Hotel and Dewey House
Mr. C Beverly Hills
One Ocean Resort & Spa
Pan Pacific Seattle
Park Hyatt Chicago
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Solaris Residences
Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa
St Julien Hotel & Spa
The Allison Inn & Spa
The Betsy — South Beach
The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
The Laurel Collection
The Raphael Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
WaterColor Inn & Resort
1808 Grille
CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar


New York, NY
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Final Cut Steak & Seafood
Fossett’s Restaurant
JORY at The Allison Inn
Jill's Restaurant at St Julien Hotel & Spa
Le Bec Fin

Le Bec Fin

Philadelphia, PA
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Lucy Restaurant and Bar
Meritage at the Claremont
Muse by Jonathan Cartwright
Parallel 37

Parallel 37

San Francisco, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Telluride, CO
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Chatham, MA
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The Painted Lady Restaurant
Wing Lei

Wing Lei

Las Vegas, NV
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Michael Mina

Michael Mina

San Francisco, CA
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PY Steakhouse
TÈ Restaurant
Aquanox Spa

Aquanox Spa

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Banyan Tree Spa Macau
Davenport Spa & Salon
Guerlain Spa
Hiapsi Spa
Sea Wellness Spa
Spa Claremont
Spa One Ocean

Spa One Ocean

Atlantic Beach, FL
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Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Spa at Rancho Encantado
Spa at St Julien
The Allison Spa
The Spa at Bardessono
The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn
The Spa at Sorrel River Ranch
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

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About the Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings

When Forbes Travel Guide was founded as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, its anonymous team of professional inspectors set out on a newly created U.S. highway system to identify America’s finest hotels and restaurants. Travel and food experts were called upon to identify the list of properties that should be inspected (we’re sure more than a few martini-fueled lunches must have been had at 1960 Five-Star Award winning New York City restaurant 21 Club while creating that list).

Today, we inspect and rate hotels, restaurants and spas in much the same way they did 55 years ago—our professional inspectors evaluate more than 500 standards in service and facility to derive an objective score that serves as a benchmark for what you’ll experience if you choose to stay at our collection of rated properties.

And our inspectors have the experience to back up their evaluations. Our team has worked inside the world’s best luxury hotels and restaurants, and we know how to spot the behind-the-scenes training and operations that contribute to a consistently excellent experience in service and quality. Our inspectors go through the most rigorous training process in the business before they hit the road—and we’re constantly retraining to stay on top of global trends in travel.

Our mission is to define the global standard for excellence in hospitality service and facilities, and to share with you, the discerning traveler, what you’ll experience if you choose to spend your time and money at one of our Star Rated properties. To learn more about our Ratings, click here.

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